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Vincent Lake Short Line: Chapter 4

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    Vincent Lake Short Line: Chapter 4id="brown">

    Out with the old, in with the new:

    I always liked the sound of locos running on hand laid track, wooden ties on cork road bed on 3/4""green">

    The blue foam is going and 3/4" plywood with cork road bed is coming.
    Tom M.

  • #2

    The new area I will be working with is 90" by 120".

    This will be an increase of 40" in length.
    Tom M.


    • #3
      Good luck Tom!


      • #4
        Looking forward to this new one.

        "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


        • #5
          I'm also looking forward to the new one.
          Ron Newby

          General Manager

          Clearwater Valley Railway Co.


          • #6
            Tom, have you thought about breaking what you have in two pieces and spreading it out and building new to connect them.



            • #7
              Thanks for the "well wishes".

              Mark .. I want all my rail running on 3/4" plywood. I will be cutting out the hills and rock cut to use again. The remaining blue foam will be used for other hills and scenery.

              I ordered the cork roadbed this morning.
              Tom M.


              • #8
                Tom - JMO but I would go with 1/2" ply for the track

                and use 5the 3/4" for the framing. I am glad to see the re-do

                and will be following along. I am vary unhappy with the "noise"

                from laying track directly on the pink/blue foam and am seriously

                rethinking work for this fall.

                Good luck my friend!


                • #9
                  An increase in real estate is always good!


                  • #10
                    Hi have you more piktures of the near if this , please.


                    • #11

                      Tom M.


                      • #12
                        Ordered more rail and 2000 wooden ties.
                        Tom M.


                        • #13
                          Congrats on the land acquisition.

                          Have fun with the new build.
                          Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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                          • #14

                            Looking forward to your new adventures, some have suggested that you shy away from foam, I would be the one to 2nd that, as you have found out, its noisy, and as nice as the foam is to work with, save it for scenery, and use 1/2 ply with homasote on top. You can use 3/4 but its really heavy. Plan on paper, move to full size paper, measure 3 or 4 times, before cutting. If I were to do mine again I would have a single track all the way around the room with max 24" shelf, preferably 18". tall enough so you don't have to really get under it, wire and test as you go. I would keep it levelish, with no switch backs or hills to climb. Traveling from small town or industry to industry. I had WAY to many doors and openings in basement to do mine that way, so I built what I did, at a scale I could finish. I did put loops on both ends for continous running. I don't have a group of friends for operation. Just my thoughts.



                            • #15
                              Me 2 Les......